Elk Country Visitor Center, Missoula Montana

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Elk Country Visitor Center

The Elk Country Visitor Center is located just outside of Missoula, MT and offers fun and creative, interactive displays that aim to educate folks about elk, elk habitat, and the importance of habitat conservation. Read More

  • Visit the Elk Country Visitor Center, located just 4 miles outside of Missoula.
  • Learn to identify the tracks of elk and other wildlife.
  • Admission is free!
  • Step outside and enjoy a stroll along the nature trail, located on the foundation's 22-acres of land.
  • Open Monday thru Friday 8am to 6pm and weekends 9am to 6pm.


Started in 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works toward protecting elk, their habitat, and other wildlife. This broad scope means that millions of acres of land have been enhanced and protected since the foundation began its work. At the heart of it all is the Elk Country Visitor Center.

The Elk Country Visitor Center is more than just a museum, it is an experience. Through interactive displays the center strives to educate the visitor about elk, elk habitat, and the importance of land conservation for elk and other wildlife. Learn to identify elk tracks and its distinct bugle or try to lift elk antlers. They are surprisingly heavy. Enjoy a wildlife conservation film or take a moment to appreciate the extensive display of mounted elks. When the weather is nice, step outside for a stroll on the nature trail that winds its way through the 22 acres of protected elk habitat. Keep your eyes open for white-tailed deer, elk, and bald eagles.

The creative education the Elk Country Visitor Center provides is crucial for the future of elk and the conservation of land for elk and other wildlife. The foundation couldn't have succeeded in protecting so much habitat without a knowledgeable support group. So, stop in and enjoy all that the center has to offer. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop for a souvenir.


Just four miles outside of Missoula, in western Montana, is where you will find the Elk Country Visitor Center. From Missoula, take I-90 west to Hwy 93 S (exit 101) toward Hamilton. Take a right at Grant Creek Rd. You can't miss the huge, bronze elk on the left side of the road, this signals your left turn into the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

  • 5705 Grant Creek Road
    Missoula, MT 59808
    Phone: 406-523-4545 or 1-866-266-7750


  • January 1 - April 30
    Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday - 10am to 5:00pm
    Sunday - Closed
  • May 1 to December 31
    Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 6:00pm
    Saturday -  9:00am to 6:00pm
    Sunday  - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed        
    Christmas Day - December 25 
    New Year's Day - January 1

More Info

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation holds fundraisers and events throughout the year, so check your calenders and get involved!